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AOC tangles with Sinema over $3.5 trillion spending package   -70%


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's statement that she'll want changes to Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending package provoked progressive anger.


NBA summer 2021: Best players who could change teams via trade, free agency   32%


It's shaping up to be another fascinating NBA offseason, with the draft and free agency within days of each other. Are Detroit Pistons a factor?

      



Aoun ready to answer questions on Beirut blast, says no one above law   6%

President Michel Aoun told the country's public prosecutor Friday he was ready to give a statement about last year's Beirut port blast if it were needed.


Mozambique: Inhambane Youths Demand Jobs From Sasol   6%

[AIM] Maputo -- Dozens of young men blocked Mozambique's main north-south highway (EN1), in the southern province of Inhambane, between the Inhassoro and Pande areas, on Tuesday, demanding that the South African petrochemical gaunt Sasol provide them with jobs, according to a report in Thursday's issue of the independent newssheet "Carta de Mocambique".


See dog's heartbreaking reaction after owner abandons him   -5%


A husky is abandoned on road and tries to chase vehicle that left him. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on an arrest and the pup's new home.


Biden faces huge Afghanistan decision   10%


As America's war in Afghanistan comes to an end, many see the inevitable parallels to Vietnam -- a long aimless war, a determined enemy ready to out bleed us, and now an evacuation reminiscent of the chaos of Saigon's final hours.


'Yoni Netanyahus mistake nearly led to disaster': U.K. historian sets the record straight on Operation Entebbe  

The PM's slain brother was not a central figure in the operation, Saul David, on whose book the film '7 Days in Entebbe' was based, tells Haaretz


Thousands in Italy protest against tougher regulations to contain coronavirus   -20%


Thousands of people in Italy took to the streets on Saturday to oppose the government's health policies, as tougher regulations have been introduced to counter a surge in case numbers.Some 3,000 people in Rome gathered to protest against what is known as the “green pass,” according to ANSA news agency. The EU's digital coronavirus certificate is also called the green pass in Italy.There were also demonstrations in Milan, Turin and Naples, according to Corriere della Sera newspaper.The Italian…


Meet Toka, the Most Dangerous Israeli Spyware Firm Youve Never Heard Of   -5%

The mainstream media's myopic focus on Israel's Pegasus spyware and the threats it poses means that other companies, like Toka, go uninvestigated,  even when their products present an even greater potential for abuse and illegal surveillance.

The post Meet Toka, the Most Dangerous Israeli Spyware Firm You’ve Never Heard Of appeared first on MintPress News.


South Africa: Cyber Attacks Expose the Vulnerability of South Africa's Ports   40%

[ISS] A joint effort is needed to prevent the unprecedented attack on Transnet's port operating systems becoming the new normal.


German spy chief warns of Islamic State's strength   20%

The head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency has warned that the Islamic State is just as strong as it ever was — even without its caliphate. Terrorism experts agree that it has morphed into a powerful network.


President George W. Bush proudly displays paintings of world leaders  

You're either with these paintings, or against them: Olmert, Putin, Merkel, Singh, Dalai Lama, among others, inspire Bush's art.


Eastern Michigan graduate expected to face more sexual assault charges  


He's already accused of gang rape along with a graduate that became a sheriff's deputy.

      


The Hundred: Fancy fielding & big sixes - Saturday's best Hundred action   55%

Watch the best moments from Saturday's action in the men's and women's Hundred as Welsh Fire took on Manchester Originals and Northern Superchargers faced Oval Invincibles.


Britain's Wood shocks China's Xu to win WBA title   -20%

Britain's Leigh Wood beats China's Xu Can via 12th round stoppage to claim the WBA world featherweight title


For first time, Israeli artist wins top British portrait award  

The art prize, which includes a $47,500 cash stipend, was presented to Matan Ben-Cnaan at London's National Portrait Gallery during a ceremony on Tuesday.


Turkey's Q2 tourism income jumped 22.5%   5%


Turkey's tourism revenue hit nearly $3 billion in the second quarter of this year, the country's statistical authority announced on July 30.


Opinion: Putin wrote his own history of Ukraine  

In a lengthy exposé the Russian strongman has denied Ukrainian sovereignty and threatened consequences if Ukraine continues to dream of NATO, says DW's Konstantin Eggert.


China ready to play positive role in building peace in Sudan: envoy   14%

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy said on Tuesday that China stands ready to play a positive role in building peace in Sudan.

"China stands ready to work with the rest of the international community in a continuous effort to play a positive role in building peace in Sudan," Dai Bing, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, told the Security Council meeting on the drawdown and closure of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as requested in Resolution 2559.

Since 2007, China has been engaged in UNAMID as one of the first countries to contribute peacekeepers to the mission, said Dai. "In the past 13 years, around 5,000 Chinese peacekeepers have actively performed their duties. Two peacekeepers paid the ultimate price for peace and stability in Darfur."

Noting that since its inception, UNAMID has played an important role in maintaining security and stability in Darfur, Sudan, the ambassador said that as the first innovative UN-AU joint peacekeeping operation, UNAMID is a success story of UN's exploration for agile and diverse ways of supporting regional organizations in maintaining peace and security.

"China hopes that the UN will take stock and looks forward to the secretary-general's assessment report to be submitted at the end of October this year. It is hoped that UNAMID will complete its liquidation process, including asset liquidation, methodically in accordance with the financial regulations and rules of the UN, and avoid asset loss and improper disposal," Dai added.

Dai stressed that Sudanese government bears the main responsibility of protecting civilians in Darfur.

"To achieve security and stability in Darfur, it is imperative to address both the symptoms and root causes of violent conflicts by growing the economy and improving people's livelihood," he said.

Noting that due to the impact of COVID-19 and natural disasters, the security situation in Darfur remains precarious, the international community should scale up its support and investment in the peacebuilding efforts in Darfur, help improve Sudan's country-owned development capabilities, properly handle major inducing factors of violent conflict such as land distribution, and effectively improve local livelihoods.

UNAMID, which was established by the Security Council in Resolution 1769 on July 31, 2007, is one of the largest peacekeeping operations in the UN's history, and at its peak deployment in 2011, it had nearly 23,000 troops and police personnel. On Dec. 22, 2020, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2559 on the exit of UNAMID. The resolution decided to terminate UNAMID's mandate by Dec. 31, 2020 and requested the secretary-general to complete the withdrawal of all uniformed and civilian UNAMID personnel by June 30, except for those required for the mission's liquidation. It also requested the secretary-general to provide the Security Council with an assessment of lessons learned from UNAMID's experience no later than Oct. 31.


Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case   12%

France's financial crimes unit said Tuesday it had charged prominent rightwinger Rachida Dati, a former cabinet minister and close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn.


Nairobi - the centre of East Africa's thriving arts scene   16%

Artists from across East Africa have converged on Kenya's capital, creating a vibrant scene.


Take pictures in your backyard this weekend to help save nature   12%


In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the benefits of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Big Backyard BioBlitz and why higher nighttime temperatures are an overlooked problem of global warming.


Chief Editor Of Investigative News Group Flees Russia  

The chief editor of The Project investigative news outlet has left Russia with no plans to return and is trying to evacuate his staff after the group was declared an "undesirable" organization by the Prosecutor-General's Office in Moscow.


Ready to sell your used vehicle? You may be surprised by its value   -50%


The old adage that a vehicle's value tumbles once it crosses the 100,000 mark is being proven wrong in the summer of 2021, as used car values soar.

      


Russia blocks Kremlin critic Navalny's website  

Russian Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's website, navalny.com, as well as 48 websites of people and organisations affiliated with him, Navalny's team said on Monday.


Habs owner apologizes after days of criticism for drafting player who violated woman's consent  


Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson has apologized to fans who were upset by the team's choice to overlook a transgression by Logan Mailloux, who was charged with invasion of privacy and defamation in Sweden.


U.S. swimmer Ryan Murphy's comments about doping puts Russia on the defensive   1%


U.S. swimmer Ryan Murphy's comments about doping, which came after he lost to a Russian in the 200-meter backstroke, prompt ROC social media response.


"Committing the Truth": Whistleblower Daniel Hale to Be Sentenced Tuesday for Drone Program Leaks   2%

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, whistleblower Daniel Hale faces at least nine years in prison for leaking classified information about the U.S. drone and targeted assassination program. During his time in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, Hale worked with the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he helped identify targets for assassination. He later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. In March, Hale pleaded guilty to one count of violating the World War I-era Espionage Act for leaking documents exposing the drone program. "This has been an odyssey that has occupied most of the better part of his adult life for basically committing the truth," says Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for Daniel Hale. "The U.S. has never contested any of Daniel's disclosures," Radack adds. We also speak with Noor Mir, Daniel Hale's close friend and part of his support team, who describes him as a compassionate person willing to make sacrifices to do the right thing. "I know that when he's out, he will remain committed to ending suffering in all forms," Mir says.


CP Rail urges Kansas City Southern shareholders to oppose CN takeover next month  


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is urging Kansas City Southern shareholders to vote against the proposed merger with Canadian National Railway Co. because of the regulatory uncertainty of its rival's US$33.6-billion bid.


Novak Djokovic, The World's No. 1 Tennis Player, Fails To Medal At The Olympics   10%

Serbia's Djokovic loses to Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta, ending his chances of winning a bronze in Tokyo. "I gave it all, whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much," Djokovic says.


Germany and digitalization: Why can't Europe's richest country get up to speed?  

Chancellor Angela Merkel's digital adviser has called for far-reaching reforms to help catch up with the US, China and others, saying the division of power enshrined in the constitution is hampering much-needed progress.


Isaiah Diaz to continue family tradition as starting quarterback for Franklin High   12%


L.A.'s Franklin High School is ready to return to playing football after opting out last spring due to the pandemic. Isaiah Diaz will be a varsity starter.


Elon Musk says 'Epic is right,' takes sides in battle with Apple   12%


Tesla Inc chief executive officer Elon Musk on Friday showed his support for "Fortnite" maker Epic Games that has challenged Apple Inc's fees on its App Store. "Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right," he said in a tweet.


After daughter's book on Amos Oz: How narcissistic parenting impacts children   12%

Following public debate over Galia Oz's book: How to identify, survive and heal from narcissistic parenting, the most silenced type of domestic abuse


Letters to the Editor: What it's like to live in an area patrolled by Alex Villanueva's department  


A resident of unincorporated L.A. County complains of inattentive policing by the sheriff's department as Villanueva grandstands about homelessness.


Newsom administration hires special counsel in probe of California unemployment fraud   17%


State officials have hired former federal prosecutor McGregor Scott to serve as special counsel to assist in investigating fraud in California's unemployment benefits system.


Ben & Jerry's co-founders 'unequivocally support' ending sales in Israeli settlements  

The ice cream maker's Jewish founders wrote in a New York Times op-ed that they 'reject the notion that it is antisemitic to question the policies of the State of Israel'


The Strokes Is This It at 20: Nudes, booze and 9/11  

How the New York City band's 2001 debut album heralded "a new spirit in guitar music".